Peyton Bests Brother Eli In Manning Bowl II, As Colts Defeat Giants 38-13
September 20th, 2010- By Bryan Cross

Older brother Peyton got the best of little brother Eli in the second installment of the Manning Bowl on Sunday Night in Indianapolis.  In a dominating performance, the Indianapolis Colts rebounded from a surprising Week one loss to rip the New York Giants 38-13.

It was one-sided from the beginning, as the Colts jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter off of a 50-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to tight end Dallas Clark.

Indianapolis was well balanced on both offense and defense throughout the course of the game.  While Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns, the duo of running backs in Joesph Addai and Donald Brown chipped away at the Giant defense, accumulating 160 yards in total rushing.

Defensively, Indianapolis got after Eli Manning, forcing two fumbles and one interception.

“We couldn’t get into a rhythm,” Eli Manning said in a post-game interview. “The whole first half, when you can’t get first downs, it’s hard as an offense to get into all your plays and your calls, and a lot of three-and-outs.

“They outplayed us, and that’s what it came down to.”

The Giants’ quarterback finished the night completing 13 of 24 passes for 161 yards, two touchdowns and the one interception.  The Colts’ defense got the Eli Manning to force a fumble early in the third quarter and recovered in the end zone, which put the game out of reach 31-7.

“Whenever we can have the game go our way, when we score a lot of points, the way our defense is designed, when we get those leads, we make them one dimensional, and it is playing into our hands,” Indianapolis defensive end Dwight Freeney said. “That’s playing into my game and I can kind of make some things happen.”

Lot’s of things did happen for Indianapolis in the game, as the Colts avoided beginning 0-2 in the 2010 NFL Season.

Indianapolis took a 24-0 lead through the first two quarters of play into the lock room, and continued to impress in the second half, leaving no doubt which team would win the game.

Entering the game USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Lines favored the Colts by four point entering the game, as the Colts easily covered the spread.  The game’s total points of 52 was enough to clear the established over/under of 47 1/2 points prior to kick off.

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